Hagit Messer-Yaron - President of the Open University, Israel

President of The Open University, Israel

Hagit Messer received the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Tel Aviv University (TAU), ISRAEL, and after a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University, she joined the faculty of Engineering at Tel Aviv University in 1986, where she is a Professor of Electrical Engineering. On 2000 - 2003 she has been on leave from TAU, serving as the Chief Scientist at the Ministry of Science, ISRAEL. After returning to TAU she was the head of the Porter school of environmental studies (2004-6), and the Vice President for Research and Development 2006-8.

Since Oct. 1, 2008 Hagit Messer Yaron is the President of the Open University in Israel.

Prof. Hagit Messer, Fellow of the IEEE, is an expert in statistical signal processing. She has published numerous journal and conference papers, including the pioneering publication: Environmental monitoring by wireless communication networks, SCIENCE, 312 (5774): 713-713 MAY 5 2006 (with A. Zinevich and P. Alpert ) which initiated a new area of research, and on which she received numerous awards, including a WIPO medal, an IEEE best paper award and a special recognition by popular science magazine.
She has been involved with the IEEE signal processing society as an associate editor in several of its journals, a member on technical committees and conferences organization, continuously since the early 90s.

Prof. Messer-Yaron is also interested in various aspects of higher-education science policy, including ethics, science-society interplay, and commercialization of academic research. Her book Capitalism and the Ivory Tower (in Hebrew) was published in 2008, and she serves as a consultant to the world intellectual property organization, on policy issues related to Technology Transfer. She is also committed to the advancement of women in science and technology: Hagit Messer-Yaron is the founder of the National Council for Promoting Women in Science in Israel, and has been its first chair, as well as a member of the Founding Board of the European Platform of Women Scientists (EPWS), and a Panelist at the fifty-fifth session of the United Nations commission on the status of women.

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